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Firms make major additions, changes to bolster health presence

A number of prominent firms made recent additions to bolster health care ranks, providing more expertise relating to issues impacting entities from hospital systems to medical device companies.

Akin Gump

The Washington D.C. firm representing clients in the United States and overseas on commercial, environmental, regulatory, real estate, health care, and communications added former Wisconsin governor and HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson as an Adjunct Senior Advisor. Thompson was previously a partner at Akin Gump from 2005 to 2012. Thompson will work in an advisory capacity, providing advice to clients on a range of policy and business issues. As HHS Secretary, Thompson helped with the passage of the Medicare Modernization Act in 2003.


The firm has added associate Abby Bonjean to its Health Care practice in its Chicago location. Bonjean spent the last six years as an investigator with the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), investigating large breaches, evaluating organizations’ responses to breach incidents and negotiating settlements – including a $5.5 million enforcement settlement, the largest such settlement to date. At Polsinelli, Bonjean will use her experience to help health care organizations implement measures to avoid data privacy breaches and manage other HIPAA compliance issues.

Verrill Dana

The Boston location added James Roosevelt Jr. as a member of the firm’s Health Care group. Roosevelt is one of the longest serving health care executives in Massachusetts, joining Verrill Dana after more than 10 years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tufts Health Plan. Roosevelt brings experience from both the provider and payer perspectives, having chaired the Massachusetts Hospital Association, the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans and America’s Health Insurance Plans, and served on the board of the American Hospital Association. He is also a past president of the American Health Lawyers Association.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon

The firm announced that Partners Alicia Donahue and Jon Strongman will lead Shook’s national pharmaceutical and medical device practice. The group will advise clients on navigating complex science- and health-based litigation, as well as the operational, technological and regulatory challenges of today’s business environment. Donahue, based in San Francisco, will take over as practice chair. Strongman, who will serve as the group’s vice-chair, is based in Kansas City and has worked with the drug and device industry for the entirety of his career.

Arnall Golden Gregory

The Atlanta and Washington D.C. based Arnall added a number of partners to its practice. Lanchi N. Bombalier focuses her practice on providing regulatory counsel for a variety of clients in the healthcare industry, including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health and hospice agencies, rehabilitation therapy providers, substance abuse treatment centers, and other ancillary service providers. Jessica T. Grozine focuses her practice on federal and state healthcare regulatory matters, representing nursing homes, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and other healthcare providers on issues relating to operations, compliance, certificate of need, and a variety of healthcare transactions. W. Jerad Rissler counsels and represents healthcare clients in a broad range of healthcare and business disputes, with a particular focus on issues involving government payments, defense of professional liability claims, and regulatory compliance.


Two firms promote health lawyers, Hall Render opens new office

Both Proskauer and Polsinelli recently announced promotions. At Polsinelli, six health attorneys are now shareholders, and Proskauer’s promotions include experienced life sciences patent counsel. Hall Render has opened a new office in Annapolis, Maryland, staffed by six health attorneys who have recently joined the firm.


The first of November brought good news for 11 Proskauer lawyers, with seven new partners and four senior counsel promotions. Colin Cabral of the Los Angeles office specializes in complex patent disputes, including life sciences intellectual property rights. Before practicing at Proskauer, Cabral served as in-house counsel for a global life sciences company.


Also on November 1, 2016, Polsinelli announced the promotion of 31 attorneys to shareholder. Of those, six are involved in the firm’s health care practice. New shareholders Jeremy Burnette and Amy McCullough are located in Atlanta, Asher Funk and Kyle Vasquez practice from Chicago, Kelly Schulz is located in Kansas City, and Rebecca Frigy Romine practices out of the St. Louis office.

Hall Render

Hall Render has opened a new office in Annapolis, Maryland. This office welcomes six new health attorneys with significant experience. Notably, Al Adelman, the former president of the American Health Lawyer’s Association (AHLA); Tim Adelman, who currently serves as an AHLA board member; and Lew Morris, former Chief Counsel to the HHS Office of Inspector General, have chosen to further their private practice careers in the new Hall Render location. Rounding out the new team are Ronald Sheff, J. Patrick Garcia, and Eric Crowder.